The weather forecast's good so why not rustle up some of Delia's pukka picnic food and head for the great outdoors?
No one could fail to be delighted with these gorgeous little pies...in summer, they're perfect for picnics or for lunch, served with salads and chutneys.
I find Cornish pasties often have too much pastry and not enough filling. However, the traditional filling of steak, potato and turnip is so delicious I now make one big pie using this filling – which is also a lot quicker than making individual past
The last thing you want on a picnic is a pie that disintegrates which is why this one - which holds its shape well and is easy to slice - is perfectly portable.
These wonderful feuilletes would make an impressive starter for a summer gathering and, again, combine asparagus with melting cheese - one of food's most perfect combinations.
Beef en croute is a dinner party classic and loved by everyone! Here, Delia has made individual portions that look beautiful and taste even better.
This can be made with a combination of leftover turkey or chicken and pieces of cheese. You could also add some chopped pieces of ham if there is some left over. Having said that, I think this tastes so good that it is worth cooking some chicken spec
These make delicious party snacks and go well with chutney recipes. They can be frozen before cooking and then glazed and cooked from frozen for about 30-35 minutes.
Children, in particular, seem to enjoy fried chicken and at least if it's home-made, you know what's in it! This easy recipe is bound to become a family favourite.
A less frugal version of this can be made for a special occasion by substituting 1/2 pint (275ml) cream for the milk.
This has a lovely Mediterranean flavour and tastes very good eaten out of doors on a hot summer's day.
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